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Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Robertson.

Sharon Foster, daughter of the late Patricia Maurer of Nesquehoning, and Matthew Robertson, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Stephen Robertson of Emmaus, were united in marriage on Nov. 11, 2011 at Faith U.C.C. in Grantville. The Rev. George Robertson, brother of the bridegroom, officiated the double ring ceremony.

Bridesmaids were the daughters of the bridegroom: Cassie, 9, and Emma, 7.

The ring bearer was the bridegroom's son, Steven, 5.

A reception in the church hall was held immediately after the ceremony.

Thursday, December 22, 2011
Mr. and Mrs. Tyler Forgey

Katie Frey, daughter of 1SG U.S. Army Retired Harold and Deborah Frey, Tamaqua, was united in marriage to Tyler Forgey, son of Randy and Tania Forgey of Elkhart, Ind. on Oct. 6, 2011 in Yuba City, Calif.

The bride is a 2009 graduate of Indian River High School, Philadelphia.

She is currently an Airman First Class, serving in the U.S. Air Force and stationed at Beale Air Force Base in California.

The bridegroom is a 2009 graduate of Jimtown High School in Elkhart.

He is also an Airman First Class, stationed at Beale Air Force Base.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Shirley Blynn loves decorating her home for Christmas.

There isn't a corner of her beautiful Palmerton home that doesn't reflect that love.

Every room has a tree, from the living room's 7-foot tree decorated in gold, silver and white with hints of peach, to a seashell-decorated tree in the welcoming foyer, to a teddy bear tree in the family room, to the miniature Santa's workshop tree on her kitchen counter.

Even the bedrooms and bathrooms have Christmas trees.

Blynn enjoys showcasing her Christmas collections and admits it takes her days to decorate her home.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Marian High School students have been busy spreading holiday cheer to the young and old alike. For the 11th year in a row, the school community sponsored a "Giving Tree" to be distributed through the Catholic Charities, Allentown Diocese, Catholic Social Services, Scranton Diocese and Birth Rite of Schuylkill County. Thanks to the enormous generosity of students, parents, faculty, staff and administration, dozens of gifts will be delivered to children and adults ranging in age from newborn to 20 years of age.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Bach and Handel Chorale on Saturday performed Handel's "Messiah" during a sold-out show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. The chorale was joined by the Festival Orchestra and soloists.

The Mauch Chunk Opera House was a fitting setting for the concert. The sounds of the chorale and 20-piece Festival Orchestra swelled to fill the historic opera house, now maintained by the Mauch Chunk Historical Society.

This performance of "Messiah" was dedicated to tenor Rick Hand, who was a member of the Chorale from 2001 until his passing this year.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Q. I seem to be getting sick a lot lately and I'm worried that my immune system isn't working right. Could that be a reason?

A diminished immune system could be the cause of your problems. Go to your doctor for a checkup and diagnosis.

The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks by organisms such as bacteria, parasites, and fungi that can cause infections.

The cells that are part of this defense system are white blood cells, or leukocytes. Foreign substances that invade the body are called antigens.

Monday, December 19, 2011
AL ZAGOFSKY/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

With a new board committed to return to the leadership style that had led to the group's former successes, the Carbon County Art League is positioned to embark upon the road to recovery and growth in 2012.

Established in 1984, in the following 20 years Art League membership had swelled to 100. Then, the organization floundered after a sudden loss of leadership, and failing to quickly reestablish a new leadership, saw its membership decline to one-third of that number over the following years.

Monday, December 19, 2011
Aaron Elvis Raub Jr.

A son, Aaron Elvis Raub Jr., was born to Trisha L. Strohl and Aaron E. Raub, both of Palmerton, at 4:06 a.m., on Nov. 1, 2011, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest campus.

He weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 21.5 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Cynthia Greensweig and Walter Strohl of Palmerton.

Paternal grandparents are Mary Catherine Raub and Lamont Raub of Palmerton.

Monday, December 19, 2011
@$:CAROL ZICKLER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Music students in the Panther Valley School District showed off their musical talents during a Christmas Band Concert. This year there was an addition to the show. The elementary school band showed off its talent under the direction of Karen Grebousky for the first time. This was followed by a flute duet by Samantha Janner with Grebousky playing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Away in a Manger." The middle school band, directed by Joseph Ogozalek, played Christmas tunes, followed by the high school band, directed by Mark Christ.

Monday, December 19, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1971 held its 40th anniversary reunion at the New England Fire Company on Oct. 22.